An Aberdeen museum has acquired a rare medal and letter awarded to a World War 1 hero.
Captain Ronald Keith Gordon of The Gordon Highlanders was awarded the Military Cross for his conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.
During the last months of World War 1, Gordon – who lived from 1895 to 1933 – led his company against a railway embankment over nearly a mile of exposed ground and under fire.
Captain RK Gordon served in the 3rd Reserve and then in the 1st Gordons during the First World War.
His brother, Captain Kenneth Speirs Gordon MC, who lived from 1894 to 1934 and was also a Gordon Highlander, earned the award for bravery in July 1916 for his duty at The Battle of the Somme.
Nearly 100 years after it was presented to Captain Ronald Keith Gordon, the medal and documents are now at the Gordon Highlanders Museum, which currently holds a number of the other 258 Military Crosses.
The Military Crosses were instituted on December 31, 1914, and were awarded to captains, officers and those in other ranks.
The Friends of the Gordon Highlanders Museum financed the purchase of the World War 1 medal and letter for the museum’s collection.
Ruth Duncan, curator for The Gordon Highlanders Museum, said: “The museum is immensely grateful to all the members of the Friends of the Gordon Highlanders Museum for their assistance with the purchase of this significant artefact.”
John Allan, a member of the Friends of the Gordon Highlanders Museum, said: “One of the aims of the Friends of the Gordon Highlanders Museum is to provide financial support for the purchase of important artefacts or medals pertaining to the Gordon Highlanders.
“To this end the Friends agreed to finance the purchase of the Military Cross awarded to Captain Ronald Keith Gordon in World War 1 which was being auctioned in Bournemouth.”
The support of the Friends has allowed the collection to develop while the museum focuses on its fundraising campaign.
Ruth added: “Thanks to their generosity and support we can continue to preserve the history of the Gordon Highlanders and make it accessible to visitors in the North-east and beyond.”